Some of the most popular Irish songs have endured for over a century, written mostly by American songwriters for an expatriate audience far from home. Today, they're still heard in pubs and bars, St. Patricks' Day parties, TV commercials, and Irish movie soundtracks to help conjure up a wistful longing for the Old Sod.
is the modern brand of Irish musician like U2,
the Cranberries, Sinead O'Connor and other pop, rock and alternative groups.
music scene is alive and thriving. Whether you prefer haunting
Celtic tunes sung in Gaelic, the foot tapping beats of traditional
Irish dance music, rousing drinking songs or the rockers of
today, you'll find a match for your tastes in the music of
More about Irish music around the Web:
St. Patrick's Day music playlist
First - Irish Music Midi Files - Hundreds of popular
songs, ditties, ballads and jigs in easy to download audio
files in midi format. Click on the top page link for hundreds
more pages of Irish song lyrics.
- "The home of Celtic music on the net." An amazing
collection of links to everything related to Irish music...
from the instruments and musicians to sites with hundreds
of traditional tunes in different formats available for download.
Many of the sites that provide downloads find themselves homeless
because of the bandwidth usage, but most of these are good
Live Ireland.com - Live streaming audio - Brought to you
live from Dublin, you have the choice of streaming audio traditional
Irish and Celtic music or more contemporary groups. Good quality
sound and plenty of music...
European Irish Music - No matter where you are in Europe, you'll
find Irish music and dancing to lift your heart, pick up your
spirits and make your feet start tapping. This site has a
very comprehensive listing of events and place to learn how
to make Celtic music and study dance...